§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give for each five year period from 1960 to the present the amount spent on the National Health Service, expressing it as(a) a percentage of the United Kingdom domestic product and (b) for each five years the percentage increase over the previous five years.
§ Mr. Dorrell
Health Departments' expenditure figures for the United Kingdom are available on a financial year basis only and because of changes in definition it is not possible to produce a consistent run of figures beginning before 1974–75. Figures as requested for the period 1975–76 to 1989–90 are set out in the table.
Total NHS expenditure (gross) in UK (1989–90 prices) NHS expenditure in UK as percentage of UK GDP Real terms percentage increase over previous five years 1975–76 to 1979–80 £94,074m 4.8 1— 1980–81 to 1984–85 £110,085m 5.3 17 1985–86 to 1989–90 £123,735m 5.1 12 1 Figure unavailable.